Spring is the time of year when when many homeowners roll up the sleeves and tackle maintenance and cleaning tasks around our homes. Chores such as deep cleaning, repainting, and minor household repairs are a just a few of the necessary tasks that keep our homes looking nice and running smoothly.
Spring is also a great time to take care of repair and maintenance issues around the yard itself. Here are 10 spring yard tasks to get you started.
Repair loose and damaged fence pickets. Winter is brutal on fence posts and pickets. Fallen branches can break pickets, and the cold weather can cause screws to back out of the wood. Damaged pickets can easily be replaced with a power screwdriver and a handful of screws. Loose or missing screws should also be replaced.
Tighten screws in the deck and re-stain. Check the deck and rails for loose screws, and tighten those that have backed out. In the late spring, seal and re-stain the deck to protect the wood in the months ahead.
Clean off splash trays and reposition. Splash trays are those green or white trays you find at the bottom of the down spouts around the house. These should be cleaned (if needed) and then repositioned so they drain away from the house.
Check the sprinklers. Whether you do this project yourself or hire a guy like I do, spring startup of the sprinkler system should include a check for missing or damaged sprinkler heads. The heads should also be repositioned so they water the lawn and not the house.
Repair the trellises and arbors. Before foliage begins to leaf out, the trellises and arbors in the yard should be attended to as well. Wooden trellis should be painted or re-stained, an mended where needed. Metal trellises may require a little paint touch up as well.
Remove overhanging branches, overgrowth, and trapped leaves off the house. Branches and vines that touch the house can scratch off the paint and trap moisture which can lead to patches of rot. Pruning back the overgrowth will improve air circulation around your home, and prevent damage to woodwork and mortar.
Clean out the irrigation channels. For homeowners fortunate to have an irrigation ditch running through the back of the yard, cleaning out the channels is necessary to keep the water flowing smoothly. Overhanging foliage should be trimmed back, grates cleared, and branches, leaves and other debris removed from the ditch and ditch banks. In our region, April 15 is when the irrigation water is turned on; if you don’t know your turn-on date, check with the neighbors or local irrigation district.
Pump startup and service. Whether you use a pump for irrigation or for circulating water in a pond, these can be started up as soon as nighttime temps are consistently above freezing.
Repair the garden hoses. At $25-$35 for a 50 foot section of hose, it’s definitely worth repairing any leaks that you might find. To repair leaky hoses, I’ll mend broken sections with a hose repair kit, available from my local hardware store. Repair kits range from $2-$5 a kit and can be used to repair leaks and damaged ends.
Patch bare spots in the lawn. Spring is a great time to patch those bare spots in the lawn. These areas can either be reseeded and covered with peat moss, or repaired with a lawn patch kit which makes this job a snap.
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